Vanity: “…is where we put the esteem of others first. Like the other root sins, vanity springs from insecurity. We place our security in what others think of us… “What will they think of me?” is a perennial concern of the vain person.”1
Politically correct speech is where the evidence is found:
- The most recent example of the Left’s vanity is when they level the charge of xenophobia (fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign2) as a result of the Brexit vote. Part of the support for leaving the EU came from a revolt against the ruling class in Brussels which opened the EU borders without reasonable care for security against terrorists. The liberal philosophy ignores a central fact that nations have a right to protect their borders as long as it’s done humanely.3
Of course, we also hear this accusation of xenophobia when a Republican speaks of not allowing large numbers of Arabs or Mexicans/Central Americans into our country because the FBI has warned that there is no safe way to verify our safety.
- A related charge of Democrats is Islamophobia. Those using this term are afraid that any limiting of Muslim immigration will incite jihadists to more acts of terrorism, so they want to stay on their good side as much as possible; hence another example vanity. (This also displays an ignorance of key tenets of the Qur’an which, for 1400+ years, has instructed Muslims to convert those of other faiths, charge the “jizya” tax as a sign of submission to Islam or kill them if they do not comply.4)They are also disregarding the jihadists’ admission that they will use the large scale immigration of Arabs to assist the infiltration of fellow terrorists. Just yesterday in a FoxNews interview, UK Independent Party leader, Nigel Farage, noted that a terrorist plot was foiled in Dusseldorf recently. Of special significance was that all four of the guilty had entered as immigrants.
A most egregious example of Democratic submitting to vanity in the face of Islam was in the newly released House of Representatives report on the Benghazi killings. It revealed that much of the delay which doomed our men came from a debate among Administration leaders regarding whether our military should wear their military uniforms when going to help our endangered citizens. The overriding worry was not the safety of our people, but would the presence of these uniforms upset the Libyans into thinking we were invading them.
In addition, the President and Hillary Clinton lied repeatedly that the attack was inspired by a viral video when the report showed they already knew in advance that something was imminent based on intercepted terrorist communications.
Why is this another example of vanity? The date of the attack was just 56 days before the hotly contested Obama/Romney election was to take place and an admission of their obvious failings would have been detrimental at the polls.
- Finally, there’s the well-known claim that “homophobia” (which in its true definition rarely exists5) is what makes citizens protective of their religious beliefs when it involves the LGBT community. This charge is levied when an individual does not wish to be complicit with actions which condone disordered behavior against genuinely held religious beliefs (now arbitrarily legitimized by the Supreme Court). This vanity of liberals does not arise from fear of retributions like the issues with Islam, but merely a desire to be liked by as many as possible (even if it goes against Natural Law) with the side benefit of ensuring more votes at the polls.
Former presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina warned our nation of the dangers of political correctness during the primary process. “PC” emanates from vanity and we are less as a nation because we continue to ignore them.
1 – “How Can I Overcome the Root Sin of Vanity?, http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2011/01/06/how-can-i-overcome-the-root-sin-of-vanity, 1/6/2011.
3 – ”A country has the right to regulate its borders and to control immigration.
The overriding principle of all Catholic social teaching is that individuals must make economic, political, and social decisions not out of shortsighted self-interest, but with regard for the common good. That means that a moral person cannot consider only what is good for his or her own self and family, but must act with the good of all people as his or her guiding principle.
While individuals have the right to move in search of a safe and humane life, no country is bound to accept all those who wish to resettle there (emphasis added)…” , http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/catholic-teaching-on-immigration-and-the-movement-of-peoples.cfm
4 – “Muhammad clearly established that people of other religions have to pay a poll tax to Muslims called the jizya, as a reminder of their inferior status. This abrogates an earlier verse stating that there is ‘no compulsion in religion’ and it destroys any pretense that Islam is merely a religion and not a political system.”
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Muslim (19:4294) – There are many places in the hadith where Muhammad tells his followers to demand the jizya of non-believers. Here he lays down the rule that it is to be extorted by force:“If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them” http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/jizya.aspx
5 – “Homophobia” is Contrived, so where is “Adulterophobia?” , https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/homophobia-is-contrived-so-where-is-adulterophobia/, 5/19/2015.